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Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star And Others

Released:Oct. 1, 1968

With the Singer Sewing Company sponsoring Elvis’ upcoming one-man television special in December, the Colonel and RCA sanctioned a promotion that allowed Singer to sell a newly created budget-priced album exclusively in its stores for a period of three months after the broadcast. Except for the title track, none of the songs had previously been released. The material consisted of six movie leftovers, Elvis’ nimble delivery of “Too Much Monkey Business” (ably assisted by Jerry Reed), and “Tiger Man,” a Rufus Thomas original that Elvis had first attempted when he was on Sun (though no tape survives). The new version had been cut but then dropped from the special, with the more seasonally appropriate “Blue Christmas” taking its place. It was as fiery a performance as he had delivered in years and was restored to its place in the impromptu live concert at the heart of the show when the special was re-broadcast in August. RCA also put out the Singer Presents album on March 28, 1969 on its Camden budget label, and between the two versions, it sold half a million copies in the first year alone.

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  • Flaming Star

    Sid Wayne/Sherman Edwards. Recorded for the motion picture Flaming Star. Recorded October 7, 1960 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Howard Roberts, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Myer Rubin. Drums: Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Wonderful World

    Guy Fletcher/Doug Flett. Recorded for the motion picture Live A Little, Love A Little. Recorded March 7, 1968 at Western Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Joseph Gibbons, Neil Levang, Charles Britz, Alvin Casey. Bass: Larry Knechtel, Charles Berghofer. Drums: Hal Blaine, Gary Coleman. Piano: Don Randi. Vocals: B.J. Baker, Sally Stevens, Bob Tebow, John Bahler
  • Night Life

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Viva Las Vegas. Recorded July 9, 1963 at Radio. Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Billy Strange, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman, Frank Carlson. Piano: Floyd Cramer, Dudley Brooks. Organ: Calvin Jackson. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires.
  • All I Needed Was The Rain

    Ben Weisman/Sid Wayne. Recorded for the motion picture Stay Away, Joe. Recorded October 1, 1967 at RCA's Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Chip Young. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. Fiddle: Gordon Terry. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Too Much Monkey Business

    Chuck Berry. Recorded January 15, 1968 at RCA's Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Jerry Reed, Scotty Moore, Chip Young. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. Steel Guitar: Pete Drake. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Yellow Rose Of Texas/The Eyes Of Texas

    Fred Wise/Randy Starr. Recorded for the motion picture Viva Las Vegas. Recorded July 10, 1963 at Radio. Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Billy Strange, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman, Frank Carlson. Piano: Floyd Cramer, Dudley Brooks. Organ: Calvin Jackson. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires.
  • She's A Machine

    Joy Byers. Recorded for the motion picture Easy Come, Easy Go. Recorded September 29, 1966 at Paramount Studio Recording Stage, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Harmonica, Organ & Guitar: Charlie McCoy. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman, Hal Blaine, Curry Tjader, Larry Bunker. Percussion: Emil Radocchia. Harpsichord: Michel Rubini. Trumpet: Mike Henderson, Anthony Terran. Trombone: Butch Parker. Saxophone: Jerry Scheff, Meredith Flory, Willam Hood. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Do The Vega

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded for the motion picture Viva Las Vegas. Recorded July 10, 1963 at Radio. Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Billy Strange, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman, Frank Carlson. Piano: Floyd Cramer, Dudley Brooks. Organ: Calvin Jackson. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires.
  • Tiger Man

    Sam Burns/Joe Hill Louis. Recorded live June 27, 1968, second show, at NBC Studios, Burbank. Guitar: Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Charlie Hodge. Percussion: D.J. Fontana, Allan Fortas. Tambourine: Lance LeGault

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